PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself?
rokkicsq: My name is Dmitry and I play on PokerStars as 'rokkicsq'. I'm 28-years-old and I work as an Economist. I play a lot of volleyball to keep fit but I also spend a lot of time playing poker, which I love to do.
PokerStars School: How long have you been playing poker, and on PokerStars in particular?
rokkicsq: Since I turned eighteen, so for the last ten years really. I've only ever played on PokerStars.
PokerStars School: That has been your best result to date?
rokkicsq: It would have to be this one, finishing 13th in the 13th Anniversary Sunday Million, it was an amazing experience. Some people say 13 is an unlucky number, but seemingly not for me!
Dmitry rocketed up the leaderboard to finish a lucky 13th.
PokerStars School: Tell us more, how much did you win?
rokkicsq: I cashed for exactly $44,367, that's a massive amount of money for me. When I see an opportunity to play a big tournament I always try not to miss out on a chance to take a shot. Of course, I usually play much lower buy-ins, but for this one, I decided to have a go thankfully.
PokerStars School: How did you prepare for the tournament and what strategy did you use?
rokkicsq: The funny thing is I didn't prepare for this tournament, which is not recommended. It was really a spur of the moment decision to play. I usually play with a very aggressive style which seems to work for me. This is not to say that I didn't pick my spots carefully though, I folded many times when I thought I was beaten, but for the most part, I played super aggressively with the odd well-timed bluff. When we got down to the last 3 tables things began to get very serious and everyone slowed down a lot as big decisions were being made.
PokerStars School: Can you remember any key hands from the tournament?
PokerStars School: What will you spend the prize-money on?
rokkicsq: For a long time now I've been planning on buying my own house. This will surely help with the deposit and get the ball rolling on that one. Maybe I'll play some more big tournaments but I certainly won't waste it all.
PokerStars School: And finally, any tips or advice for school members reading this?
rokkicsq: Yes, learning the rules and the basics is one thing, but learning the theory and psychology of the game is also extremely important. Learn about Tilt and the ability to deal with it. Learn how to manage yourself during a downswing. Review your hands to see what mistakes your making and ask more experienced players for advice in the poker forum. Finally, it's ok to take a shot at a higher tournament every now and then but for the most part, stick to solid bankroll management and you won't go wrong.